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To think that if you're in a shop on Boxing Day...

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SapphireSeptember Mon 26-Dec-16 18:26:25

...You shouldn't be telling the staff how disgusting it is that said shop is open, or telling them they should be sitting at home with their families/dog/in front of the fire or TV! Seriously, if you are that disgusted with the company I work for opening their store, maybe you should boycott it on Boxing Day? The idiot who told my MIL she should be sitting at home in front of her fire was apparently shocked that Waitrose were closed today and was complaining about it! Err...(She did point out they would be closed if it weren't for people like him doing their shopping. Which surely perpetuates the cycle of shops opening on Boxing Day? Personally I think Waitrose have the right idea.)

I sometimes wonder if these people get the irony (or hypocrisy) of what they're saying. They should also stop flipping rubbing it in. If I hadn't had to work today I wouldn't have left the house and stayed in bed all morning, instead I woke up while it was dark, and then walked to work while it was still dark, and when I finished work it was dark and I had to walk back home.

RuggerHug Mon 26-Dec-16 18:44:26

I'd be tempted to say 'you know what, you're right. Please leave now' pick up my coat and go for the door. I know it isn't possible but maybe the penny might drop then with these people.

witchofzog Mon 26-Dec-16 18:45:29

You need to have a lie down. I had the same conversation with a lovely retail manager in Boots. Explained that I am only in the shop to buy certain items which could have waited until tomorrow, but because they were open today and would have sold out I had to come in today instead. I said I feel shops should be closed boxing day as retail workers have worked hard enough before Christmas as it is without only having one day off, and that I would actually rather have waited til tomorrow to buy said items anyway. We had a nice chat and I left. How on earth is empathising being unreasonable?

I am truly sorry you had to work today and it was shit but you need to realise he was only trying to be nice

uncoolnn Mon 26-Dec-16 18:46:35

Haha! I work in retail management and have been at work today. The amount of times people have said "bit ridiculous that you're open today isn't it?". Well, yes, it is, but what on earth are you doing in here if it's so ridiculous?! Ah. The general public fenvy

RufusTheSpartacusReindeer Mon 26-Dec-16 18:48:31


I did say to dh that if anyone said tha to me that i wouldn't be responsible to my actions grin

Luckily (or unluckily) no one did

Although a few days ago someone said "oh you are closing early as well" when it was 2 minutes until closing and we hadnt even shut the doors smile

mikia Mon 26-Dec-16 18:50:11

witchofzog you are going to be the staff room "guess what stupid thing a customer said" story. Seriously?! grin

braceybracegirl Mon 26-Dec-16 18:53:07

You can't go to a shop buy something then say how ridiculous it is that the shop is open!!!!!

pinkmagic1 Mon 26-Dec-16 18:54:46

Yanbu. Dh and the dc went into town to the sales this morning. I stayed at home out of principle, to have gone with them would have been hypocritical.

ivykaty44 Mon 26-Dec-16 18:56:55

This is what I don't go to the shops on boxing day

SheSparkles Mon 26-Dec-16 18:58:53

My dd is one of the unfortunate shop staff who had to work today-starting at 7:50am for the shop opening at 8. This meant I had to take her ther as there were no buses on at that time. There is no fucking need for people to be out shopping Ina department store at that time on any day, never mind Boxing Day.
@witchofzog people like you are the problem 🙄

Mari50 Mon 26-Dec-16 18:58:53

YANBU. I used to work in retail and got the same useless comments in Boxing Day/ New Year's Day, Christmas Eve, late Saturdays/ Sundays etc etc- if the people involved actually gave a shit they wouldn't be using or demanding use of facilities on those days. It's always the same 'type' of people who want to shop 24-7 (sweeping generalisation there)

harderandharder2breathe Mon 26-Dec-16 19:00:46


If you disagree with shops opening Boxing Day, don't use them

Don't go anyway and make stupid false comments to the staff!

Witchofzog im sure whatever it is is very important to you hmm but the shop worker doesn't give a shiny shit that "oh I wouldn't come in except that blah blah blah" if you shop, you are supporting shops opening Boxing Day, so don't be a hypocrite

LassWiTheDelicateAir Mon 26-Dec-16 19:00:48

The last thread on this was deleted. I have not been in a shop today.I'm very pleased to see Marks and Spencer in Scotland are closed today.

Foxyloxy1plus1 Mon 26-Dec-16 19:03:17

I saw that someone I know was at the Next sale at 5.30 am. Why, just why. It's tat anyway. It's the stuff that hasn't sold the rest of the year.

witchofzog Mon 26-Dec-16 19:03:42

Really? So being nice is bad now? As I said, I explained I would rather come in tomorrow but as the shops were open and would have sold out of what I needed, I had to go in today. Maybe I should have been on my phone instead or indulged in pointless weather small talk instead hmm

RB68 Mon 26-Dec-16 19:04:36

I make a point of not shopping on boxing day I think we all deserve two days off

harderandharder2breathe Mon 26-Dec-16 19:05:06

No being a hypocrite if bad

Being nice is fine.

pinkmagic1 Mon 26-Dec-16 19:05:25

Did you really need it that badly though witch? Could it not have been purchased online?

DollyPlastic Mon 26-Dec-16 19:06:16

I think it's unfair on the retail workers that shops are open today, and even though I love a bargain, I'm not a hypocrite so boycotted all the shops today.

witchofzog Mon 26-Dec-16 19:08:00

Harder. I was NOT being false. A fair few of my family are working today. My nephew (retail worker up at 4am for a 5am start) said he is glad people actually bother to talk and empathise rather than being grumpy or grunting at them like so many do all year round. So not ALL retail workers feel like this

anyoldname76 Mon 26-Dec-16 19:08:38

what was so important you had go today witchofzog ? im in the camp that retail shops shouldnt be open today, and if i went shopping id be a massive hypocrite .

witchofzog Mon 26-Dec-16 19:09:18

Pink I tried online and the site kept crashing so no. Believe me I did not want to be there myself

TheDowagerCuntess Mon 26-Dec-16 19:10:41


I can sort of understand the appeal of sale shopping on Boxing Day if you're in the Northern hemisphere (I mean, not really), but people getting excited about it down here are just nuts.

You could be lying in the sun, on the beach, traveling to your holiday destination, relaxing, not shopping, doing nothing the day after Christmas Day, but instead you're in the shops? Again?!

AwkwardSquad Mon 26-Dec-16 19:15:30

DP works in retail and had an 8am start. He texted on his way in at 7.30am to say that there were people on their way BACK from town carrying Next sale bags... madness. Utter madness.

SeahorsesSwim Mon 26-Dec-16 19:19:41

I didn't go to the shops today but I can understand people doing so if they wanted the sales bef0re the top offers sold out.

Tbh if the high street shops don't compete with the Internet then more will close and there'll be less work in towns, just a few giant warehouses across the country. Internet sales started yesterday, so I can understand the high street opening today to keep up

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